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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • May 12, 2015

WhatsApp Data Consumption For Voice Calls & Price

WhatsApp consumes about 1.3 MB of data for every minute of voice call as against only 240 KB of Viber. Now that's actually cheap if you compare it with regular calling over the network. For example, I just took sample rates from Airtel's website that offers data at the rate of 4paise for 10kb. That basically translates to 520 paise (Rs. 5.20) for a 1.3 MB call. If you go with higher plan from Airtel, you get 300 Mb for Rs. 102. That results into about 40 paise for a minute long voice call on WhatsApp.

The catch however is that this data comes with an expiry date of about 30 days. So you must consume all of that data within that time-frame.

I also checked the regular voice calling rates offered by Airtel. The regular voice calls are offered at Rs. 1.2 per minute (2 paise per second). We can therefore conclude that if you're using a data plan with a time-limit; the voice calls over whatsapp are cheaper than the regular network calls; but are very costly if you're using the 'on-the-go' plan that doesn't expire.

Tests conducted by AndroidPit showed that on an LTE connection, WhatsApp consumed about 800 KB to 1.3 MB per minute. The data usage also varied upon whether the iOS or Android version was being run; with Android consuming lesser amount of data.

I might have made mistakes in the calculations above (especially with the MB / Mb thing. Do let me know your opinion about WhatsApp Data Consumption and its price as compared to other messengers. Have you performed any such tests on your own?
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare • May 16, 2015
I am not using WhatsApp calls, but this is an interesting topic. Any idea about the cost incurred by the receiver? The one who is receiving the call on WhatsApp must also be liable to pay the requisite charges. A cost per minute on that front will also be useful information
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • May 16, 2015
Ankita Katdare
Any idea about the cost incurred by the receiver?
Yeah! That's an important point. The call receiver would also end up paying for the calls because the telecom companies are changing for the data exchange. I'm not sure if they charge differently for the uploaded and downloaded data. I'd believe that it's going to be the same.

Earlier, a call would only require the caller to pay. Now I'll end up paying for the incoming wrong calls and even the tele-advertiser calls. I'm beginning to hate the VoIP calls already. It's meant to fill the telecom service provider's pockets.

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